Iraq Refugee Crisis

The situation in Iraq is desperate.  Millions of Iraqis have been forced to abandon their homes after decades of conflict and violence.

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The ongoing conflict in Iraq has resulted in more than 3 million people fleeing for their lives – creating an emergency call for even more resources in the area. An estimated 11 million Iraqis are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.

More than 2.6 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes but remain inside of the country. 220,000 are refugees in other countries. There are also 300,000 refugees in Iraq from neighboring countries – the vast majority escaping violence and persecution in Syria.

1.5 million displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees have moved into the Kurdistan region of Iraq where 25 percent of the population is displaced.

Due to overcrowding in camps and temporary settlements, more than 700,000 displaced in Iraq are living in informal settlements. These families require additional aid to survive the winter. UNHCR is prepared to deliver winter assistance to nearly 1 million Iraqis in 2018.


High Commissioner Grandi visits Debaga Camp in Iraq (1:46)

UNHCR is on the ground, providing much needed protection and aid to hundreds of thousands of families. Rapid response efforts are underway, including the distribution of critical relief items like blankets, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, sleeping mats and other basic survival items.

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Following the conclusion of the Iraqi-led campaign to liberate Mosul, more than 820,000 Iraqis remain displaced from the city and surrounding areas. Despite significant security risks and challenges accessing people in need, UNHCR is working around the clock to assist Iraqis who have fled Mosul and to provide them with lifesaving aid.

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